ADPS Enhancing Quality of Life in Alpharetta By John Robison “Protect and serve” and “service above all” are two of the most well-known missions or mantras associated with public safety services. The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety (ADPS), which includes police, fire, and 911, also strives to keep Alpharetta citizens safe through service. However, ADPS goes beyond ensuring the safety of those living in, working in, and visiting Alpharetta. Specifically, the organization’s mission states:“The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety exists to enhance the quality of life of those that live, work, and play in the city of Alpharetta.”The three key words in the ADPS mission statement are “quality of life.” All aspects of the work done by police officers, firefighters, 911 communication officers, and administrative staff are done with the goal of enhancing the quality of life of the Alpharetta community. ADPS personnel understand and appreciate the high level of support provided by wonderful citizens, business owners, employees, and people visiting Alpharetta. Therefore, Public Safety staff members consider it an honor to meet this mission and serve such a wonderful community.The organization strives to uphold these three simple — yet vitally important — values:1. Courageous SpiritThe risks of the job are real: persevere in the face of adversity.Courage is a necessity in public safety. ADPS employees fully understand the risks that are involved in this type of profession. However, they are expected to demonstrate courage in all scenarios, especially through adversity. This can mean persevering while facing extremely dangerous and difficult situations, but it can also encompass having the courage to do what is right regardless of the circumstances. 2. Selfless ServicePut the welfare of the public and the team above all. Add value to others. The goal is to strive to have an outward mindset, which entails considering the challenges, needs, stresses, and struggles of others. This way of thinking applies to those being served as well as to fellow ADPS employees within the organization. 3. Excellence With Integrity Do what is right and do it well.Every task performed by ADPS employees must be executed upon a foundation of integrity. Anything less is unacceptable. The goal is always to be the best. ADPS wants to set the standard for effective and innovative police, fire, and 911 services. The Department of Public Safety will continually look for opportunities to enhance the quality of life of people in Alpharetta and provide the best service possible for the greatest city in America.